The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

23rd November 2014


Novena for return to health of Alaister Lim


Update: 22nd November: Photos from the Sung Mass for the Feast of St Cecilia in Queenscliff

From the Parish Priest’s desk….

As we go to print there is some interesting news just to hand. The latest volume of the collected works of Joseph Ratzinger has just been issued (in German). In the newly written foreword to this volume, the Pope Emeritus retracts a view he proposed in 1972, that opened up the possibility of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. The Pope Emeritus now believes he was wrong as the young Fr. Ratzinger, theologian, and he is prepared to admit this. What a wonderful example of true humility! It is also reassuring to know that the Pope Emeritus clearly supports the views proposed at the Synod by Cardinals Burke, Mueller and Pell – which, after all, are nothing more or less than Catholic teaching! Today we conclude the remarkable interview recently granted by Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

Interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider (cont’d).

We are currently experiencing a culmination of aggression against the family; this aggression is accompanied by a tremendous confusion in the area of science about human and human identity. Unfortunately, there are certain members of Church hierarchy who, while discussing these matters, express opinions that contradict the teaching of Our Lord. How should we talk with those people who become victims of this confusion in order to strengthen their faith and to help them towards salvation?

In this extraordinarily difficult time Christ is purifying our Catholic faith so that through this trial the Church will shine brighter and be really light and salt for the insipid neo-pagan world thanks to the fidelity and the pure and simple faith firstly of the faithful, of the little ones in the Church, of the “ecclesia docta” (the learning church), which in our days will strengthen the “ecclesia docens” (the teaching Church, i.e. the Magisterium), in a similar way as it was in the great crisis of the faith in the IV century as Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman stated: “This is a very remarkable fact: but there is a moral in it.

Perhaps it was permitted, in order to impress upon the Church at that very time passing out of her state of persecution the great evangelical lesson, that, not the wise and powerful, but the obscure, the unlearned, and the weak constitute her real strength. It was mainly by the faithful people that Paganism was overthrown; it was by the faithful people, under the lead of Athanasius and the Egyptian bishops, and in some places supported by their Bishops or priests, that the worst of heresies was withstood and stamped out of the sacred territory.… In that time of immense confusion the divine dogma of our Lord's divinity was proclaimed, enforced, maintained, and (humanly speaking) preserved, far more by the "Ecclesia docta" than by the "Ecclesia docens;" that the body of the Episcopate was unfaithful to its commission, while the body of the laity was faithful to its baptism; that at one time the pope, at other times a patriarchal, metropolitan, or other great see, at other times general councils, said what they should not have said, or did what obscured and compromised revealed truth; while, on the other hand, it was the Christian people, who, under Providence, were the ecclesiastical strength of Athanasius, Hilary, Eusebius of Vercellæ, and other great solitary confessors, who would have failed without them” (Arians of the Fourth Century, pp. 446, 466).

We have to encourage ordinary Catholics to be faithful to the Catechism they have learned, to be faithful to the clear words of Christ in the Gospel, to be faithful to the faith their fathers and forefathers handed over to them. We have to organize circles of studies and conferences about the perennial teaching of the Church on the issue of marriage and chastity, inviting especially young people and married couples. We have to show the very beauty of a life in chastity, the very beauty of the Christian marriage and family, the great value of the Cross and of the sacrifice in our lives. We have to present ever more the examples of the Saints and of exemplary persons who demonstrated that in spite of the fact that they suffered the same temptations of the flesh, the same hostility and derision of the pagan world, they nevertheless with the grace of Christ led a happy life in chastity, in a Christian marriage and in family. The faith, the pure and integral Catholic and Apostolic faith will overcome the world (cf. 1 John 5: 4).

We have to found and promote youth groups of pure hearts, family groups, groups of Catholic spouses, who will be committed to the fidelity of their marriage vows. We have to organize groups which will help morally and materially broken families, single mothers, groups who will assist with prayer and with good counsel separated couples, groups and persons who will help “divorced and remarried” people to start a process of serious conversion, i.e. recognizing with humility their sinful situation and abandoning with the grace of God the sins which violate the commandment of God and the sanctity of the sacrament of marriage. We have to create groups who will carefully help persons with homosexual tendencies to enter the path of Christian conversion, the happy and beautiful path of a chaste life and to offer them eventually in a discrete manner a psychological cure. We have to show and preach to our contemporaries in the neo-pagan world the liberating Good News of the teaching of Christ: that the commandment of God, and even the sixth commandment is wise, is beauty: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Ps 19(18): 7-8).

Athanasius Schneider Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan on the Synod, "manipulation", and the "neo-pagan" and heterodox midterm relatio - Midterm relatio a stain on the honor of the Apostolic See. An interview with Izabella Parowicz

Polonia Christiana

November 4/5, 2014


Thanks to His Eminence, Cardinal Burke: as most people are now aware, His Eminence, Raymond Leo, Cardinal Burke, has been removed by Pope Francis from the office of Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. His Eminence’s only official role for the time being is Cardinal Patron of the Knights of Malta. All of those who met or heard His Eminence during his recent visit to our Parish were struck by the holiness and erudition of this Prince of the Church, rightly described only weeks ago as “great” by the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. I am confident that all parishioners will wish to accompany His Eminence daily by the support of their prayers. Additionally, I wish to point out that Life Site News in Canada is hosting an online petition of thanks to His Eminence for his staunch advocacy of the Church’s teachings, especially regarding the family, and the sanctity of human life. Visit the following site to ‘sign’ on line: Ad multos annos, Eminence! - Fr Glen Tattersall, PP.

Three printers have been generously donated to us. As we are not currently in need of more printers, we are making them available to those who wish to make a reasonable offer. The proceeds will go to the Parish. Please contact the Secretary, or see Fr Tattersall.

Parish Committees for Education, and St Aloysius’ Church: as foreshadowed some months ago, Parish committees are being established to oversee the maintenance and improvement of St Aloysius’ Church, and to investigate what can be done for the education of our young people. Anyone interested in joining either the Church Committee or the Education Committee is invited to apply in writing (or by email) to Fr Tattersall. Applicants should provide a brief resume of the qualifications or abilities they would bring to Committee.

The Dominican students of the Province of Saint Joseph in Washington, D.C., have produced a second album, Ave Maria: Dominican Chant for the Immaculate Conception. The album features several chants in honour of this Marian feast sung by the Dominican House of Studies schola, of which our own Brother Antoninus Maria Samy, O.P., is a member. The album can be purchased online at Proceeds support the Dominican students in Washington, D.C.

Please pray for Alaister Lim, who is continuing to undergo treatment for cancer in Kuala Lumpur. It is proposed to pray a Novena to Our Lady & Bl. John Henry Newman for Alaister’s cure, commencing this coming Saturday, 29th November, through until the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7th December. Please see our website or Facebook page for details of the Novena, and join in with family and friends.

The Adult catechetical group will meet today from 12.15 – 1.00 pm at Maryvale.

    • Sundays in Spring

    Sunday Family Picnics in Caulfield Park

    Everyone is welcome!

    • Saturday Nov 29 - Sunday Dec 7
    • Sunday December 14, 10.30am

    Solemn Mass for Gaudete Sunday

    First Holy Communions

  • Newman Fellowship for Young Adults

    Our next meeting will welcome back our own Shawn Murphy, former Newman Fellowship organizer, and now novice at the Toronto Oratory.

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  • Catechesis Classes

    Fortnightly Catechesis based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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  • Bible Study Classes

    No previous knowledge is required, and everyone is welcome.

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  • Catholic Women's League Newman Parish Group

    Join the regular CWL meetings at Maryvale after Solemn Mass.

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  • Support Shawn Murphy and the Oratory

    Find out how to help Shawn, currently a Novice at the Toronto Oratory, in his formation for the Brisbane Oratory

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  • Psallamus - Our Mixed Choir

    Psallamus is our regular choir - further information and recordings are available here.

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  • The Newman Singers - Our new choir

    Find out how to join the Newman Singers, our new mixed choir. Young men and women welcome.

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  • The Wolff Organ

    The organ is of very high historical and musical significance as one of only two two-manual organs built by J.W. Wolff to survive intact

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Our YouTube Channel

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Bishop Meeking Holy Week Homilies

Bishop Meeking has visited us for Holy Week for five years in a row. Herein lie some of his marvellous homilies

Homily on our 10th Anniversary

Bishop Elliott celebrated Mass at St Aloysius' on 3rd February, 2013 to mark our 10th anniversary.